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Matthew Rolston (1955 – ) an American artist, photographer, director and creative director. He is known for his signature lighting techniques and detailed approach to art direction and design and has been repeatedly identified throughout his career with the revival and modern expression of Hollywood glamour.

Rolston studied drawing and painting at the Chouinard Art Institute and Otis College of Art & Design, as well as the San Francisco Art Institute. He also studied illustration, photography, imaging and film at Art Centre College of Design in Pasadena, California, where in 2006, he received an Honorary Doctorate.

While still a student at Art Centre, Rolston was “discovered” by Andy Warhol,for Warhol’s celebrity focused Interview magazine, where he began a successful career in photography.

Soon afterwards, Rolston began shooting covers and editorial assignments for founding editor Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone, as well as for other publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, W, GQ, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, O: The Oprah Magazine and The New York Times.

Along with Herb Ritts, Rolston was a member of an influential group of photographers, among them, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz and Steven Meisel, to emerge from the 1980’s magazine scene.

Rolston’s career spans the areas of photography, film, creative direction, experiential design (including hospitality development), branding, product design, new media ventures, fine art and publishing.

As Rolston began to redefine the scope of his career, he expanded his practice into the fields of creative direction and branding, developing innovative projects in the area of experiential design, including hospitality projects, product design and new media ventures.

Rolston also conceives, writes and directs film projects, having directed over 100 music videos and 200 television commercials in his career.

Rolston has also created four photographic fine art projects that have led to a series of publications and exhibitions.

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